Religion of Jiva Soul

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
14 October 2019, Kolkata, part 1


Basically, the religion of the jiva soul means always thinking about Krishna, always remembering Krishna, always remembering that you are a servant of Krishna.

When the jiva souls is attracted by the illusory environment, it cannot easily remember what is its duty or who it is—the soul cannot understand it because the real things become hidden inside the soul (under the influence of the illusory environment). Because the soul forgets Krishna and becomes attached to the illusory environment, it cannot remember, it does not know who it is. Actually, almost all of the jiva souls, 99.9% of the jiva souls in this world, cannot remember properly who they are and what is their duty. They cannot understand it.

Anyone who has great fortune, great luck or great intelligence (sumedha) can understand this, but such person who can understand that they are an eternal servant of the Lord, of Krishna, is very rare. When a person remembers and understands this, then by fortune their faith awakens and through that faith they get good association, then he can understand everything. It depends upon one's faith. There are different kinds of faith—everybody's faith is not the same. "Sraddha-anusari bhakti-adhikari (শ্রদ্ধা-অনুসারী ভক্তি-অধিকারী): quality of devotion depends faith." (Cc, 2.22.64)" One's devotion depends upon faith.

Adau sadhu-sanga, tatah bhajana-kriya, tatah anartha-nivrtti—first comes good association, then practice and then liberation from unwanted habits and elements. When bad elements are slowly, slowly removed, then more faith comes gradually—one gets stronger and strongest faith. Faith is followed by devotion (when faith comes, then comes devotion). Then the person can understand that one worships the Lord by the mercy of the Guru who descends to this world through the guru-parampara.

If we can follow such Guru's instruction properly, then we can practise properly. Through proper practice we can get service association and service right—we can get the right to chant the Holy Name. It is necessary to attain the right (adhikar). We must get the right to enter Nama-hatta, the market of the Holy Name, and enter the seva-rajya, the service planet. When you get such right and enter the service planet properly, then you can understand everything easily. So many good things come through service, and that is our happiness—our happiness comes through service.

কি শয়নে, কি ভোজনে, কিবা জাগরণে ।
অহর্নিশ চিন্ত কৃষ্ণ, বলহ বদনে ॥

ki sayane, ki bhojane, kiba jagarane
aharnisa chinta krsna, balaha vadane

Whether you are sleeping, eating, or resting, always chant the Name of Krishna.

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat, Madhya-khanda, 28.28)

Even sleeping time, even going to bathroom, going to toilet is also service. Taking prasadam is also service. Taking prasadam means you are giving honour to prasadam, you are giving respect to prasadam. This is what prasad-seva (service to prasadam) means. We do not 'eat' prasadam—we give respect to prasad.



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